Sevenoaks District Draft Local Plan Consultation July 2018

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Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 2 - Housing and Mixed Use Site Allocations

  • Comment ID: DLPP597
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Draft Sevenoaks Local Plan. The following comments are from the Kent Downs AONB Unit and as such are at an officer level and do not necessarily represent the comments of the whole AONB partnership. National planning policies are very clear that the highest priority should be given to the conservation and enhancement of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The NPPF confirms that AONBs are equivalent to National Parks in terms of the landscape qualit
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Gypsies & Travellers Policy 11: Provision for the Gypsy and Traveller Community

  • Comment ID: DLPP603
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
While reference to development being required to minimise the potential impacts on surround landscape, including AONBs in the policy wording is welcomed, this falls someway short of meeting the statutory requirement of requiring proposals to 'conserve and enhance' AONBs. Development in AONBs needs to be of the highest quality and maintain the local character, qualities and distinctiveness of the AONB, in line with AONB Management Plan policies SD1, SD2 and SD9. The nature of gypsy sites means th
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 A Balanced Strategy for Sustainable Growth in a Constrained District Policy 1 - A Balanced Strategy For Growth in a Constrained District

  • Comment ID: DLPP598
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The AONB Unit is concerned that the proposed strategy for growth seems to be entirely focused on Green Belt designation while disregarding AONB designation and that Sevenoaks District Council is failing to have regard to its Duty Under Section 85 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to have regard to the purposes of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the AONB as well as the recently revised NPPF. In planning policy terms, the objective for AONBs is different from that for Gr
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Housing Density Policy 12 - Housing density

  • Comment ID: DLPP604
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The distinctive settlement character of the villages within the Kent Downs makes an important contribution to the overall character of the AONB with the form, layout and pattern of villages being key elements of settlement character. Development proposals within AONBs need to conserve and enhance this distinctive settlement character and respond to the character of the built environment, as set out in the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan policies SD2 and SD9. This includes responding to historic
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Protecting, Conserving and Enhancing Green Belt, Landscape and the Natural Environment Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Policy 3 - Landscape and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Comment ID: DLPP599
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The AONB Unit welcomes the inclusion of a policy which specifically relates to AONBs. We are concerned however that the proposed policy offers significantly less protection to AONBs than that currently provided in policy EN5 in the current Allocations and Development Management Plan, and LO8 from the Core Strategy despite a strengthening of AONB protection in the revised NPPF and in particular paragraph 172. The policy should reflect the national importance of AONBs, which has been reaffirmed in
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Safeguarding places for Wildlife and Nature Blue Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment Policy 6 - Safeguarding Places for Wildlife and Nature

  • Comment ID: DLPP600
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
Support this policy which is consistent with the revised NPPF in respect of AONBs as set out at paragraph 172 which specifies that the conservation and enhancement of wildlife is important within AONBs as well as policy BD1 and BD5 of the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan.
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Economic Land and Development Policy 13 - Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy

  • Comment ID: DLPP606
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The AONB Unit supports the proposed redevelopment hierarchy requiring non-residential uses to be considered prior to residential schemes on current employment sites. This is considered important for sites within the Kent Downs AONB; the secondary purpose of AONB designation is to take account of the needs of land based and rural industries and the economic and social needs of local communities. Ensuring existing employment sites are retained for employment purposes is key to achieving this and c
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Supporting a Vibrant and Balanced Economy Visitor Economy Policy 14 - Town and Local Centres

  • Comment ID: DLPP607
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The AONB Unit supports the protection of community uses as this is consistent with the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan policy VC4 which seeks to support the retention and development of local services to reduce car travel and help maintain viable rural communities. It is also compliant with the secondary purpose of AONB designation which is to take account of the needs of land based and rural industries and the economic and social needs of local communities.
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Providing for Housing Choices Provision of Affordable Housing Policy 9 - Provision of affordable housing

  • Comment ID: DLPP601
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The Kent Downs AONB Unit is supportive of initiatives that increase and improve the supply of affordable housing for those with proven local needs and workers whose activities directly contribute to the purposes of AONB designation, subject to proposals being of a high quality design and limited quantity, as set out in policy VC3 of our Management Plan. The Unit therefore ssupports proposals to require contributions towards delivery of affordable housing on all sites. It should be specified howe
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Mi… 11 Sep 2018

Draft Local Plan July 2018 Ensuring new development respects local distinctiveness Outdoor Lighting Policy 15 - Design Principles

  • Comment ID: DLPP608
  • Status: Accepted
  • Response Type: Observations
The AONB Unit supports the requirement for proposals within the AONB to needing to comply with the relevant AONB Management Plan however request that this is expanded to include the Management Plans associated design guidance. In addition to the Management Plan, the Kent Downs AONB Unit produces other guidance documents that provide design advice on a variety of topics including the Landscape Design Handbook, Managing Land for Horses, Farmstead Guidance and Rural Street and Lanes – A Design hand
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